Belchford and Fulletby Parish Council
Background of Belchford & Fulletby Parish Council
There has been a Parish Council in Belchford since 1894 when Central Government declared villages and hamlets should form councils to represent their local community. The role of the Parish Council has changed over the years, in the past “verge” letting and help for the poor were priorities for the councillors. Now highway matters, grant applications for local improvements, planning developments and a host of initiatives for schemes and ideas are available for Parish Councils to undertake.
Tireless campaigning by the Parish Council resulted in the traffic calming road markings and reactive signs at the A153 Kennel Crossroad's. The pub in Belchford was reopened with the help of a £23,942 Vital Villages Grant secured by the Parish Council and enthusiastic residents. The Parish Councillors also were successful in grants to erect decorative village entrance signs and interpretation boards. They have provided two benches for walkers and villagers and had two tree planting events, at Jubilee Copse on the Viking Way and at Top Holt, Fulletby. Major planning applications have been considered and consulted by the Councillors with professional and detailed reports to the planning department. Belchford has been congratulated by East Lindsey for its thorough and relevant planning responses.
Belchford won the Lincolnshire round of the 2009-2010 Calor Village of the Year, with special awards for communication and community. The village went on to win the regional category for Community and is competing with 7 other villages for the National award. Well done to all who contributed to this great success, especially the Chairman of the PC who put in long hours on the original document and kept all the contributors focused.
In July 2014 the Parish Council purchased 1.75 acres of land on the east side of Fulletby Road, Belchford for £10,000 to use as a village green. The majority of the funds needed for the purchase came from generous grants and donations from Lincolnshire County Council, East Lindsey District Council, Belchford Ahead and Anglian Water. This land is currently managed by the Parish Council but the aim in early 2016 is to set up an independently run Management Committee to manage the site.
Come along to the next meeting, there is a public forum for you to have an opportunity to have your say.